Can Security Deposit be taken as Last Month’s Rent?
When I moved in to my apartment, I signed a one-year lease agreement which indicates clearly that I had paid the ”first month’s rent”, a ”security and cleaning fee” deposit, and also a ”last month’s rent” (all exact terms). I moved out at the end of the lease but did not pay for the last month’s rent, assuming that I’ve already paid it upon moving in. Later, my landlord said I still owned him a 30 days rent, which he would subtract from my security deposit. To my understanding, according to California laws, landlords cannot use security deposit towards last month’s rent. My questions are:
(1) Especially in my case, the last month’s rent is prepaid, could my landlord use my security deposit towards last month’s rent, and if yes, what happened to the original last mont’s rent?
(2) The security deposit was more than one month rent, and I never received the remainder of it. Instead, more than a month after I moved out, I received a letter from my landlord demanding more money to pay for cleaning service. Is this legal?
What should I do in this case to recover my security deposit?
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